An Owego-Apalachin School District employee has won a state award. Athletics Department Secretary Francine Reynolds has received the 2017 Secretarial Award for Excellence for the Section 4 region from the New York State Athletic Administration Association. Francine – or “Franchise” as she is known by many – will receive her award next week. She was nominated by Athletic Director Andy Buchsbaum, and seconded by every one of the coaches at OFA. The Owego graduate has worked as a secretary for the district since 1996 and in the athletics department since 2014.
The Owego-Apalachin School District is now accepting applications for their Universal Pre-K program for next school year. UPK is aimed at helping 4-year-old children prepare to enter kindergarten. It is open to any child who lives in the district and turns 4 on or before December 1, 2017. Most students will attend UPK at the same building where they will attend kindergarten the following year. Applications are now available on the school district’s website, www.oacsd.org. A lottery will be held in April to choose the students for next year’s UPK program.
No one was injured, but an Owego-Apalachin School District bus was left with some minor damage after an accident in Apalachin yesterday. Around 7am, the district says a bus was stopped to pick up a student in the area of 108 Main Street when it was struck by a ladder that was attached to the top of a pickup truck that was backing up at the same time. The side of the bus was left with a dent and some scratches, but the students inside the bus were not harmed. The Apalachin Fire Department and law enforcement were called to the scene. The driver of the truck has not been identified.
An Owego-Apalachin School District bus collided with a car on Main Street in Apalachin this morning, but no one was injured. According to scanner reports, the incident happened just after 7am in the area of 108 Main Street. Apalachin Fire and Squad responded, but reported no injuries. One of our listeners says it was Bus 270, and there were students on the bus. Police are investigating and there is no word on the severity of the damage.
The former Owego-Apalachin Administration Building and onetime Talcott Street School was demolished yesterday. It has been vacant since the Flood of 2011 damaged it beyond repair. Built as an elementary school for residents of the village’s “Flats” neighborhood, it was later turned into the district offices and also housed the board of education meeting room. The building is being demolished with FEMA funds, and the district has built their new offices on the main campus.
The Owego-Apalachin Central School District will hold a first-of-its-kind training for all transportation employees this week to help make them aware and address the needs of LGBTQ students. The 60 district bus drivers and other transportation employees will take part in the 90-minute training on Wednesday. They will be the first local district to take part in such a training. New York Association for Pupil Transportation, or NYAPT, Executive Director Peter Mannella says as gender-related issues emerge in society and in schools, those who work to safely transport students each day need to be aware of these issues and the best ways to address the needs of all students.
Owego-Apalachin Middle School students are taking part in a worldwide initiative this week. Sandy Stiles, the Owego Middle School Librarian, told us about the Hour of Code initiative.
“Hour of Code was a worldwide initiative started by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg,” she told WEBO. “The reason was because there were so many jobs in the United States going unfilled in IT and specifically in computer programming.”
Owego Middle School science classes will be meeting in the library this week to learn a basic computer programming language with fun, age-appropriate software. Stiles says that she hopes to create a school program where students can continue pursuing interests in programming after this week.
Owego-Apalachin Superintendent Corey Green stopped by WEBO on Friday, Oct. 7 to update the community about the first month of school, including Homecoming, the impact of iPads on classroom instruction, and a new-look coming soon to the website. You can hear the full interview below, it played at halftime of the Owego vs. Dryden football game on WEBO.